Sikh community demands protection of temples

KARACHI: Sikh Community on Monday demanded of the government to protect their temples and said that if their demands are not met, they will stage protests in and outside the country.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club, Pakistan Sikh Council Patron-in-Chief Sardar Ramesh Singh said that after Islamabad protest, Senator Zafar Ali Shah assured them to fulfill their demands till May 30.

“If our demands are not met till the given deadline, we will stage country-wide protest, while Sikh community in other parts of the world will also stage protests in our support,” Singh said.

He said that there are 17 Sikh temples in Sindh out of which seven temples were attacked. The two recent incidents of temple attacks occurred in Shikarpur and Karachi.

“No arrest has yet been made by Sindh government in this regard despite the fact that the police and other security authorities knew whereabouts of culprits,” he said.

He said that they had conveyed their reservations to Sindh Minister for Minorities Gyan Chand and other MPAs & MNAs belonging to minority groups and they had assured of meeting Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah, however, he said that no progress in this regard was made.

Singh said that a petition was also filed with Chief Justice Supreme Court Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, who had directed Sindh authorities to register cases against the culprits involved in the attacks.

He appealed to president, prime minister, interior minister, governor Sindh, chief minister Sindh and inspector general of police Sindh to order immediate arrest of culprits behind the attacks and form a judicial commission to investigate the matter.

He said that despite having a suitable share for minorities in budget, no measures were taken by the provincial government to ensure their safety. He demanded of government to deploy policemen and install cameras at temples for their security.

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